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Margaret Lock

Molson Prize

Last night in Montréal, Dr. Margaret Lock, a medical anthropologist from McGill University, was awarded the 2001 Molson Prize in the social sciences and humanities.

This prize—given each year to an outstanding individual in the human sciences—recognizes Lock’s groundbreaking research on the cultural dimensions of medical practices, including hormone-replacement therapy, organ transplantation and cloning.

Her research has made us re-think our perception of disease: what is normal, abnormal and what can be considered natural aging. Her current research focuses on these questions in relation to Alzheimer’s disease.

In awarding this prestigious prize to Lock, the jury praised her for her “energy, enthusiasm, skill and dedication.” They noted that she “continues to push the boundaries of how scholars and lay people around the world approach major medical and ethical issues.”

A professor in the department of social studies of medicine and the department of anthropology at McGill, Lock has been teaching at the university for over 20 years.

Margaret Lock’s groundbreaking research has been supported by numerous SSHRC grants.